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Apr, 2018

AAA Division: Hartnell Astros vs. Hartnell Red Sox

Saturday April 14, 2018

AAA Division:  Hartnell Astros vs. Hartnell Red Sox @ 3:00 p.m. @ Doglione Field

Final:  Hartnell Astros 5  Hartnell Red Sox  6


The Hartnell Red Sox and Hartnell Astros went toe-to-toe in an epic intra-league contest this afternoon at Elliott A. Doglione Memorial Field.  Both teams played what was arguably one of the best hard fought games in the 2018 season as this battle included a combined no-hitter, an unexpected 4-run lead change in the top of the 6th inning, and a dramatic walk-off 2-run inside-the-park home run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 6th inning to end the game in dramatic fashion. 

Red Sox starter Jeremy Silver was simply outstanding on the mound this afternoon as he consistently pounded the strike zone with ease.  Silver spun a gem over 4 dominant shutout innings, striking out 7 Astros hitters and failing to surrender a single base hit.  Justin "Little Gucci" Gonzales relieved Silver and the young southpaw was equally impressive as he held the Red Sox lead in the 5th inning, striking out 2 hitters without allowing a single base hit to keep the combined no-hitter intact through 5 innings.

Hartnell Astros hurler Altie "The Alternator" Ventura pitched an outstanding game after entering the contest in relief in the 2nd inning.  Ventura worked 4 impressive shut-down innings, striking out 6 Red Sox hitters and yielding two infield hits - one to Gandhi Robles and one to Zachary Valenzuela - keeping the Astros in the game through the 5th inning.

Despite being down 4 - 1 after 5 complete innings and despite their inability to collect a single hit, the Astros never surrendered.  In the top of the 6th inning, the scrappy Orange Crush Astros mounted a remarkable comeback by scoring 4 runs in the top of the 6th inning to take an unexpected 5 - 4 lead courtesy of two hit batsmen and three critical errors by the Red Sox shortstop, second baseman, and first baseman that allowed a parade of Astros runners to score. 

In the bottom of the 6th inning, several infielders and the Astros' catcher were observed pumping their fists and jumping up and down with jubilation as they anticipated a potential come-from-behind victory.  Astros standout Nicholas Mooneyham reinforced that belief after he immediately recorded two quick outs to put the Astros within one out of a miraculous come-from-behind victory.  However, Sebastian Silva managed to momentarily delay the anticipated Astros celebration as he worked his way on base with a walk to keep the inning alive for the Sox.  Silva then set the table for Red Sox catcher Erik Estrada.  Estrada calmly and confidently stepped into the batter's box with two outs and his team down by one run in the final inning, on the verge of defeat.  With the game on the line and the tension on the field at an all time high, Estrada pounced on a Mooneyham fastball and unleashed a mighty swing.  Estrada timed his swing perfectly as his bat met Mooneyham's offering squarely on the barrel of his bat and he launched a laser line drive that soared over the head of the Astros' left-fielder that reached the fence on two bounces.  Silva easily trotted around the bases to score the tying run while Estrada raced around the bases to score just ahead of the well-executed relay throw to score the game winning run with a legitimate walk-off inside-the-park 2-run home run to propel the Red Sox to a thrilling  6-5 victory.

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